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This article is about the Marvel comic issue. For the Autobot satellite, see Shooting Star (G1).

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A small-time crook's life changes when he finds a special gun.


While attempting to escape from thugs trying to kill him, Joey Slick discovers Megatron in his gun form. When Megatron blasts the thugs without Joey pulling the trigger, Joey soon discovers that Megatron is a Transformer unable to think for himself, due to his fall during his battle with Ratchet. Megatron can only respond to what he is told or asked. Joey takes advantage of this knowledge to use Megatron to strike a one-man crime wave, but finds that he loses the respect of his friends in the process. Joey attempts to make things right by confronting crime lord Jake Lomax, who has been responsible for much of Joey's prior misfortunes. When Joey attempts to prove his worth to Jake by tossing Megatron away in order to punch Jake in the face, Megatron's brain functions are reconnected by the impact. Although Megatron is furious at Joey for attempting to command Megatron, he does not kill Joey when Joey refuses to cower in fear before him. Megatron leaves to rejoin the Decepticons, and Joey is arrested by the civil authorities.


Script: Bob Budiansky
Pencils: Don Perlin
Inks: Al Gordon
Colors: Nelson Yomtov
Lettering: Janice Chiang
Editor: Michael Carlin

  • Originally published: February, 1986

Major characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Decepticons Humans



  • None identified.

Items of note

  • References to other Transformers continuities/issues: Megatron was defeated by Ratchet in US issue #8.
  • This is one of the few issues of the series in which no Autobots appear.
  • Although this story is largely criticized by fans, it should be noted that it is one of few stories in any continuity to make full use of the fact that Megatron's alternate form is a realistic-looking handgun.
  • This issue was reprinted as issue 2 of IDW Publishing's Generations series.
  • Joey robs a "6-11" convenience store, a parody of 7-Eleven.

Covers (3)


A Purple Megatron? That is just crazy!

  • U.S. cover: Gun mode Megatron Prime by Don Perlin
  • UK issue 51 cover: Megatron and Joey Slick by Geoff Senior
  • UK issue 52 cover: reuse of art from U.S. cover


  • None yet identified

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